• FX renews W. Kamau Bell and Russell Brand shows for full 13-episode seasons

    Over the last few years it’s become obvious that FX is not taking its comedy programming lightly. The network’s latest move only reinforces their strategy, as they’ve announced they’ll be renewing their late-night offerings Russell Brand’s Brand X and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. And that’s not all: Brand X will shift from its current 30-minute format to a full hour! Viewers will get a taste of that during

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    Westboro Baptist Church members call Russell Brand a ‘Fag Pimp’ (Video)

    On a recent episode of his FX series Brand X, comedian Russell Brand welcomed two members of the Westboro Baptist Church, the infamous group who protest at soldiers’ funerals, enlist children to wear shirts and hold signs declaring “God hates fags,” and engage in a host of other immensely endearing activities. And although Brand and the pair of hatemongers (who claim, that really, Brand is the hatemonger, and it’s them

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    Eric Idle will release ‘What About Dick?’ with Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard and more via digital download (Videos)

    If you haven’t noticed, the straight-to-download distribution model that Louis C.K. popularized late last year has caught on. And the latest to adopt the strategy is Eric Idle, legendary British comedian and member of Monty Python. On Nov. 13, his new project What About Dick? will be available exclusively via digital download on WhatAboutDick.com for the completely reasonable price of $6. So, what the hell is What About Dick? Good

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    Russell Brand documentary explores comedian’s past drug use (Video)

    Russell Brand has been alcohol and drug free for 10 years, but, like most addicts, it’s still a daily struggle for him to remain that way. In a documentary, Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, airing on BBC 3 in the UK, Brand addresses this and more. “Ten years ago, though, I couldn’t get enough of them,” he says in the film, some of which is shown in the interview

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    Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell gets a premiere date

    It’s official! FX has finalized the schedule for its late-night comedy series executive produced by Chris Rock and starring comedian W. Kamau Bell. Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will premiere on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11 pm EST. The show, which Laughspin announced in March, will star Bell along with other contributors sharing commentary and sketch comedy that dissects the topics that have long been the cornerstone of the

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    Russell Brand will host the MTV Movie Awards

    MTV announced today that Russell Brand will be hosting this year’s MTV Movie Awards. The show will broadcast live on June 3 from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California at 9 p.m. ET. The comedian and actor has previously hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards, which turned out to be his first huge Stateside exposure for the British comic. “With his amazing ability to span the full spectrum of comedy

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    Russell Brand will host his own unscripted, late night talk show

    UPDATE: Russell Brand has also signed a deal to develop an animated series for Fox, based loosely on his life in his 20s, according to Deadline. As you may know, Brand was a sex and drug addict in his early days. That would make for a pretty raunchy cartoon show. In the spring of 2012, American televisions will experience a new British Invasion; comedian and actor Russell Brand will be

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    Watch Katy Perry do an impression of husband Russell Brand on SNL promo

    This week, pop star and wife of comedian Russell Brand is hosting Saturday Night Live. But she’s not doubling as the musical guest– that would be too much to ask. For your pleasure, here’s the promos for Saturday’s showing, starring Kenan Thompson. Check out Perry’s impression of her husband.

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    Russell Brand, Lewis Black, Jimmy Fallon appear in New York Times video series

    If you’re anything like us here at Laughspin, you probably love to learn about the behind-the-scenes world of comedy. Comedy nerddom means we’re always asking questions: how do comedians get started in their career path? Where do they find their inspiration? That kind of stuff. A new online video series will shed some light on those questions and more. FORA.tv, a collection of conference and event videos, has just released

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    Russell Brand will star as “sexy hippie” in new comedy flick

    Over the last few years, UK import Russell Brand has become much more than one of the most popular stand-up comedians in the world. He’s a two-time author, is the husband to one the world’s biggest pop stars (Katy Perry) and a bit of a movie star. He also formed his own production company Branded Films– and now said company is finally entering the movie world. Its first project will

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    Video: Rosie O’Donnell tells Russell Brand: “I have been marinating in you”

    Rosie O’Donnell’s new chat program The Rosie Show premieres on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on Oct. 10. So, obviously, she’s been making the press rounds trying to promote the project. She recently popped up on Access Hollywood and was asked — in light of her former celebrity crush Tom Cruise — who her new crush is. Her response? “Russell Brand. 1000 percent.” It turns out after seeing Russell’s turn at

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    Russell Brand and Julianne Hough set to star in Diablo Cody’s directing debut

    Diablo Cody became an overnight sensation with her 2007 writing triumph Juno (Michael Cera, Ellen Page). She’s now been tapped to direct an as-of-yet-untitled film starring comedian Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, who’s mostly known for her work on Dancing with the Stars. Hough, who will next be seen in Footloose (a remake of the 1984 classic) will play a young woman who loses her faith following a plane crash.

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    Russell Brand offends Paralympics athletes, but did he really do anything wrong?

    A comedian is being criticized for things he said on stage? Couldn’t be. You say that comic is Russell Brand? But that’s just not like him! Oh, but it’s true. Over the weekend the notoriously wild English funnyman found himself facing media scrutiny over remarks he made about the Paralympics during a stand-up show in London, referring to the games as having “novelty value.” “I don’t give a fuck about

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    Watch Russell Brand marry a couple, for real

    When I got married nearly six years ago, my wife and I thought we were really sticking it to tradition when we (both raised Catholic) chose a female, Protestant minister to marry us. But that was nothing compared to the couple in this video, who decided it would be a good idea to allow comedian Russell Brand, who is, indeed an ordained minister (it’s not difficult to become one), do

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    Read Russell Brand’s touching tribute to his “vulnerable” friend, Amy Winehouse

    Surely, by now you all know singer Amy Winehouse was found dead yesterday at the age of 27. Though she had a very public battle with drugs and alcohol, no cause has yet been named for her death– despite an autopsy being completed. However, you can speculate with decent certainty that drugs had something to do with her passing. After reading comedian Russell Brand’s tribute to the pop star, it’s

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